Alistair Overeem
The Reem


Goes with the knees in the main event of UFC Saint Petersburg
April 20, 2019
Overeem defeated Alexey Oleinik via TKO (knees and punches) at 4:45 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
It looked like Oleinik was going to shoot his shot in this fight. He came out and pulled guard right off the bat. When that did not work, he switched to throwing bombs. Overeem appeared to catch a power shot and had some trouble. However, he was mostly waiting for his opportunities to unleash hard knees. Towards the end of the round, he broke out his knees and scored some major damage. Oleinik dropped to the ground and continued to eat shots. Going into the fight, it was basically understood that Oleinik would have trouble if he could not implement his grappling game and that is what ended up happening. Overeem has a few losses, but considering the depth of the heavyweight division he might himself in the title picture if he keeps winning.
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Gets new opponent for April 20
April 3, 2019
Overeem (44-17-0, 1NC) is now scheduled to take on Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1) in a heavyweight fight April 20 at UFC Saint Petersburg after Alexander Volkov (29-7-0) withdrew for undisclosed reasons.
Overeem ended a two-fight losing streak in his last appearance in the Octagon back in November, when he defeated Sergey Pavlovich in a first-round TKO in Beijing. The 38-year-old will take on one of the few fighters in the promotion older than him in the 41-year-old Oleinik, who notched a submission win over Mark Hunt in Moscow last September.
Booked for main event at UFC Russia
February 22, 2019
Overeem has been booked to fight Alexander Volkov at a UFC event in Russia on April 20, Jose Youngus of reports.
Unlike his counterpart, Overeem is a seasoned veteran in the UFC, boasting a 9-6 record since joining the promotion in 2011. He most recently defeated Sergey Pavlovich via TKO (punches) in Round 1 of their bout at UFC Fight Night 141 in Neijing back in November, which ended what was a two-fight losing streak for the Dutchman. He'll be looking for win number 10 against Volkov, who just suffered the first UFC defeat of his young career back in October.
Turns back the clock
November 24, 2018
Overeem defeated Sergey Pavlovich via TKO (punches) at 4:21 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 141 on Saturday in Beijing, China.
Overeem was methodical and dominant in this fight. He took his time, close the distance, did solid work in the clinch and then scored a takedown. Once the fight went to the ground, he established a standing position and unleashed a series of hard right hands. Pavlovich did not want to take anymore punishment. He covered himself and waited for the referee to stop the fight. Overeem had lost two fights in a row coming into this one, but he looked like a legitimate heavyweight in this contest.
Tabbed to take on Pavlovich at UFC Beijing
October 25, 2018
Overeem will take on Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Beijing on Nov. 24.
"The Demolition Man" has a career record of 43-17, but he lost his last two fights by KO (punch) and TKO (elbows). To get back on track, he'll have to take on Pavlovich, a Russian fighter who is 12-0 in his career. Both heavyweights have the majority of their wins via KO or TKO, but Overeem does have a slight height advantage over his opponent.
Not competitive in loss to Curtis Blaydes Saturday
June 9, 2018
Overeem lost to Curtis Blaydes via TKO (elbows) at 2:56 of Round 3 at UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago.
That loss should mark the end of The Reem being the title conversation in the UFC's heavyweight division. Facing a younger, hungrier and better all-around fighter, Overeem was dominated from start to finish. Defense has never been a big part of Overeem's game, but it has reached the point where his opposition is battering him at will throughout the course of every fight he is in. Unless he lands a sudden, one-punch KO, The Reem won't be defeating anyone anytime soon. It's been a quick, steep decline for the 38-year-old.